Thousands disembark MSC cruise though guest from prior sailing tested positive for coronavirus

David Oliver

Nearly 4,000 guests disembarked the MSC Meraviglia in Miami after Sunday following its March 8 to March 15 sailing – though a passenger from the ship's previous sailing tested positive for the new coronavirus, USA TODAY has confirmed.

A Canadian guest was diagnosed after experiencing symptoms following the MSC Meraviglia's Caribbean sailing from March 1-8; the Public Health Agency of Canada informed the cruise line. The Miami Herald was first to report the news.

Seven crew members who may have been in contact with the passenger were quarantined, though none are showing symptoms. MSC has been checking the temperatures of all crew members as part of preventative measures across its fleet.

No guest nor crew member exhibited symptoms of coronavirus on board. The cruise line informed both current and previous cruisers and asked they remain vigilant for signs of cold and flu-like symptoms and to seek medical advice if they needed it. MSC worked with Health Authorities in Canada, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and PortMiami.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all people avoid traveling on cruise ships, not just the most at-risk for the coronavirus. Cruise lines have paused their operations for at least 30 days.

Contributing: Curtis Tate